Policy Director

Washington D.C, DC

Who We Are:

FoodCorps believes every school should be a healthy school and every child – regardless of race, place, or class – deserves to be well nourished and ready to learn. In underserved communities across the country, our AmeriCorps leaders help accomplish this vision by teaching students about healthy food through hands-on lessons, partnering with farmers and food service workers to create nutritious and delicious school meals, and collaborating with communities to ensure a long-term culture of health. Upon this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools through leadership development, network building, and policy change.


What We’re Looking For:

FoodCorps is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Policy Director to lead government relations and federal policy initiatives for our policy team. As a key member of the Impact Department, the Policy Director will develop and maintain transformative relationships with all sectors of the Federal government, including robust relationships with key members of Congress, USDA, AmeriCorps, Department of Education, and the Biden administration. Additionally, the Policy Director will be responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of FoodCorps’ policy vision within the organization’s strategic plan, by leveraging legislative, regulatory, and appropriations opportunities directed towards FoodCorps’ 2030 vision: Every child has universal access to food education and nourishing food in school. In partnership with the Senior Advocacy Manager, the Policy Director will also be responsible for facilitating state-based field offices in activating around federal policy as well as executing state policy strategies. The Policy Director will represent FoodCorps’ interests in a number of policy coalitions, contribute to department and organizational strategy, and act as the primary policy-related media spokesperson on staff. Because of your work, we will maximize impact with our government relations work in FoodCorps and will add value, credibility, and resources to the national policy conversations about the health of our schools, our children, and our nation.


This full-time position will be based in Washington D.C. and will report to the co-VP, Impact.


Who You Are:

You center equity in your approach to policy, communications, and partnership. You are a proven leader in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, public health, and/or education policy, with a solid understanding of the current landscape for these fields at the federal and state levels, and a desire to both set strategy and execute on policy targets. You have a reputation for being a focused, collegial, creative, and highly convincing advocate. You are sensitive to the diverse and sometimes conflicting legislative priorities of partner organizations, and navigate those relationships and all hot-button issues with care. You are an exceptional communicator, both orally and in writing, and an authentic relationship-builder with both internal and external colleagues. You are thorough in your preparation and action-oriented in your execution. You are comfortable being an active contributor to a remote team and have strong internal motivation and the ability to work independently. You are at ease in a technology driven environment and thrive on juggling multiple projects and tight deadlines. You are comfortable talking through policy strategy and execution with funding partners.


Primary Responsibilities:

·       Lead the strategy and implementation of FoodCorps’ policy vision, including both legislative and regulatory activities;

·       Identify, develop, and maintain enthusiastic relationships with representatives from all branches of the Federal government toward achievement of FoodCorps’ policy and strategic vision;

·       Advocate for FoodCorps priorities with key members of Congress and administration staff;

·       Represent FoodCorps in key policy coalitions, partnerships, and media;

·       Support the development of FoodCorps’ state-based policy strategy and support state-based field staff in execution of those strategies;

·       Inspire and lead the engagement of staff, alumni, board, funders, and program site partners as policy advocates engaging in both state and federal policy efforts;

·       Act as a key policy expert on staff, contributing to department and organization level strategy, acting as a resource for other team members, and directly collaborating with the Marketing-Communications team in order to elevate and execute key advocacy objectives for systemic change;

·       Manage 1-2 staff as part of the policy team, including Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy and Policy Fellow


Skills of the Ideal Candidate:

·       Strong commitment to FoodCorps’ mission, vision, and values

·       Broad policy background with specific experience at the federal level in agriculture, nutrition, or education policy

·       Track record of bipartisan relationship-building and management skills, with the ability to center equity in policy approach

·       Exceptional strategy setting, influencing, and advocacy skills

·       Accomplished communicator both orally and in writing; ability to develop a compelling case for any audience and to translate complex issues clearly, concisely, and powerfully

  • Creative thinker with the ability to identify, prioritize, and execute on opportunities as they arise in a timely manner

·       Experience working with dynamic organizations, movements, and coalitions

·       Ability to anticipate and satisfy internal (staff) and external (partner, champion) needs

·       Intellectual curiosity and ability to think outside of the box to efficiently solve problems

·       High standard of ethics

·       Ability and willingness to work evenings/weekends on occasion and travel when necessary

·       Detail-oriented, with strong organizational and analytical skills

·       5+ years professional work experience in policy and advocacy fields preferred


How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements through our hiring site at http://foodcorps.hiringthing.com/.


FoodCorps pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and geographic location and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) matching, professional development funds, and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Director level role with a salary range of $95,000-$112,000


People of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  FoodCorps is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. FoodCorps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. FoodCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law.


Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.